Seaweed: The Vegan Snack of the Sea

Hannah Johnson, iEG contributor

Seaweed isn’t just for oceans and sushi anymore.

You might think of seaweed as the creepy, slimy algae that your feet get tangled in while swimming in the ocean, but it is also a tasty and nutritional treat…

With many diverse flavors available and awesome health benefits, roasted seaweed snacks are becoming a popular item in grocery store aisles. Its savory taste will surprise you!

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Seaweed is vegan and very nutritional! Seaweed is high in protein and fiber and contains iodine, which is important for thyroid health. Additionally, seaweed is very low in calories and has Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and a good source of calcium, iron and magnesium. In fact, seaweed has the widest range of minerals out of all foods!

Trader Joe’s, Annie Chun’s and GimMe Health.

My first exposure to seaweed snacks came from my younger sister, who would inhale three packages of Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks in one sitting. My friends and I would always laugh at her favorite snack, as, at the time. It wasn’t until I took my first nervous bite of roasted seaweed that I understood my sister’s obsession.

While different companies, including Annie Chuns and GimMe Health, have different flavors of seaweed snacks- ranging from brown sugar and sea salt to wasabi- I prefer the classic sea salt flavor. The sheets of seaweed are light and salty, with a umami taste as well. Roasted seaweed is a great snack to eat while studying or watching television, as you can mindlessly finish a whole package without feeling bloated or guilty. Call it popcorn of the sea if you will!

You can find roasted seaweed in most grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I would suggest trying out different flavors and brands to see which you like the most. I promise that you will never see seaweed the same way again!

Hannah Johnson is a freshman at Northwestern University who would rather be eating mock meat and watching reality television.

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